Known as a no nonsense person during his time as Navy Chief, its apparent the new man at the helm of Armscor, retired vice admiral Johannes Mudimu, plans to get the state security procurement agency back on track.
Apart from hosting his first board meeting in his first month as chairman, Mudimu has also addressed personnel and set out a schedule for board members to visit Armscor facilities and institutes so they know exactly what they’re dealing with in terms of assets.
Addressing staff at the Armscor head office in Erasmuskloof, Pretoria, he emphasised the importance of serving with “nobility, pride and integrity”.
“Armscor should deliver on time and in time; high levels of professional ethos must be maintained at all times. Our responsibility as a board is to create an enabling environment to ensure Armscor is capacitated and capable to deliver on its set mandate,” Mudimu said.
He also cautioned employees to avoid corrupt activities and uphold Armscor’s corporate values.
“Corruption is an obstacle that hinders progress and undermines good intentions.”
Speaking on behalf of the board, Mudimu said Armscor employees were important if Armscor was to succeed.
“I encourage you all to work together as a team and move both Armscor and South Africa forward,” he said.
Within the next few weeks the new Armscor board, appointed in April by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, will visit both the Gerotek vehicle testing site west of Pretoria and the Alkantpan ballistic test range in Northern Cape.
Also on the schedule for the new board are calls to the defence science and technology institutes run under the auspices of the procurement agency.
They are the Institute for Maritime Technology, Protechnik Laboratories, Hazmat Protective Systems, Defence Decision Support Institute, Ergonomics Technologies, Fluid and Mechanical Engineering Group and Armour Development.
A visit to the Navy dockyard in Simon’s town is also on the schedule.
The visits are intended to give board members insight allowing them to make decisions that will ensure the procurement agency delivers on its mandate which Mudimu encapsulates as “delivering on time and in time”.